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- Publisher: Tellwell Talent (March 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQ7XFCR
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Charles Louis de Bourbon (CLB)’s book has another big thing going for it – it involves a real-life mystery: did Louis XVII die in prison after his father was executed or did he escape? The author claims the latter and sets out to prove it. If I were a betting man, I would certainly bet on his side after wading through his evidence. Besides the book is also about Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI’s wife and after all, who wouldn’t want to learn more about her? There was much more to her than that infamous quote, “Let them eat cake!” we all remember from our high school history courses.
CLB tries hard to help us experience the life that Louis XVII lived (from Louis’ perspective) from the time he was a toddler to his death many years later. And CLB does that quite well. We learn about his early memories, life with his father, the temple jail, the escape, and life, near deaths, and death after that – all interspersed with Louis’ own attempts to reclaim his rightful position in France. We are also let in on the great hurts he received from various members of his family, not the least of which was his own sister.
From there, the story continues with accounts of the attempts to prove Louis did indeed escape alive and lived a long time afterwards. These were made by many in many lands. All of them to date still unsuccessful in getting that part of history properly corrected by the French government. The book also aids our understanding of inter-government diplomacy.
What I found somewhat unnecessary was the author’s insistence on seemingly interrupting the story he was writing by alternating chapters about his own life, especially his migration to Canada, his various business experiences including retail and real estate, and his hobby of sailing, including the details of his trips south along the Atlantic coast. I had agreed to read and review a book on a past French King or at least heir to the French Throne, but discovered I could only do so if I reviewed the author’s personal life. But then I suppose, if you consider yourself royalty, you take every chance you get to leave your own legacy behind in writing when you have a captive audience. Having said that, CLB clearly deserves credit for his lifelong efforts of clearing the de Bourbon name and getting Louis XVII his rightful acknowledgement.
The book also contains some most interesting lessons. In one short paragraph, I realized how quickly one’s life could change. On the 8-year old royal’s confession, CLB writes, “Handwriting experts later testified that the signature was false or forced, and [Louis] wrote in his memoirs that they had forced his hand to sign it…. Many believed that this ‘confession’ was the cause for all the bad feelings that Marie Therese [his sister] held toward [Louis].” Although not their own doing, this changed their relationship forever.
As I read the book, I thought it would benefit from a good edit. It sometimes sounds like it was written in a foreign language and then translated into English, and not always very successfully. In addition, because there are many places, titles and actual names used throughout the book, often more than once as the story unfolds, the book would benefit from an index at the back, and/or a list of characters well-defined at the front. Finally, because the story includes several inter-marriages of families, a good old-fashioned family tree or two would add volumes to the reader’s understanding of the complex situation.
For those that are interested in the role that DNA plays in major court cases, Louis XVII Survived The Temple Prison provides an excellent and informative case study. That alone is worth the price of the book.
CLB also does a great job of highlighting more truths based on his experiences. For example, he comes to the conclusion that “Often with the media, it is not what they show but what they leave out that is important.” Welcome to a historical version of ‘fake news’.
He ends the book, after describing very recent and unanswered appeals to the French government, with this plea, “Again, they persecute us for 220 years. I am now asking all who vie for a place in government to promise they will finally let the truth come out 220 years later.” I wish him every success.
• Ken B. Godevenos, President, Accord Resolutions Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario, November 15, 2017
Author De Bourbon, begins by explaining how Louis XVI still has not received the full credit he deserves for many of the moves he made; in particular, his role in the American Revolution. In addition, he explains that Louis XVI was weak when the revolution started and should have resisted, but he believed in the goodness of men and could not understand how others could act so strongly. The author also relates that it still gives him a strange feeling to have been so close to his forefather (Louis XVII) and his mysterious past: How did a French King end up being buried in Delft, Holland? What had happened?
Then, he continues with the story of the diamond necklace, and how this is an excellent example of how the enemies of the Royal Family used public opinion against them to damage their reputations. Next, the author describes that Louis XVII was a good-natured boy and life had not yet been very hard on him: Thus, Louis XVII spent the first few months in the Temple prison with his father, who instructed him daily and had no doubt spoken to him about the great responsibilities that lay ahead. In addition, he discusses how the main problem was to get Louis XVII out of jail when over 500 men guarded the Temple prison. The author also recalls the nightmarish last days of the poor substitute Louis XVII boy in the Temple prison. Then, he continues by discussing the return to the city of Paris to see what has happened since the official fake news of the death (supposed death) of Lois XVII on the eighth of June 1795. Next, the author explains how there were over 100 false Louis XVIIs’ (Dauphins’) running around Europe in the early 1800s. In addition, he discusses how Charles X (who actually is Louis XVII) began his memoirs in the Temple prisonfirst his memories with his father and the manservant Clery; and, memories of his father teaching him and of the visit of the gentleman who left his father with a roll of gold coins, which meant they could buy a few extras while in jail. The author also states that Charles finally arrived in Paris on May 26, 1833almost a year after leaving Crossen (Temple prison). Then, he continues by describing how his good friend Dr. Ruby Meganck, who is an expert on visions, helped him with this book with regards to visions, which were very prevalent during this period. Next, the author discusses the events that led up to Charles (Louis XVII) being finally exiled from France; and, his death on August 10, 1845exactly fifty-three years to the day after the attack on the Palace of the Tuileries, which was the first day of prison for the Royal Family. As the story continues, he then describes how Charles’ widow survived on a small pension given to her by the loyal Percivals in England. In addition, the author states that he believes that after 40 years of working on this mystery, that it can be solved and that now it finally is.
Finally, the author explains that he had an idea that DNA research could give him a positive answer; and, has appealed to the French government to correct the error that Louis XVII died on June 8, 1795, but in fact survived well beyond that date, which now stands in French history for over 220 years.
The author of this excellent book explains that there is no longer a need for the French government to keep pretending that Louis XVII died on June 8, 1795. Also, the author of this great book, explains that the French government has always known that Louis XVII did not die on that day; as well as, knowing that the death certificate was false.